Kurds unite to battle ISIS west of Mosul

Syrian YPG, Iraqi Peshmerga have led a new force that retook Rabiaa from the so-called Islamic State, taking the fight to newly lost Sinjar and Zummar.
Kurds unite to battle ISIS west of Mosul
A Kurdish fighter waves a rocket propelled grenade in the staging area north of Rabiaa before it was retaken from ISIS on Aug. 4, 2014. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

RABIAA - Kurdish fighters have launched a counter-offensive to retake territory in Ninewa province, which radical Sunni insurgents had seized over the weekend.

The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Peshmerga soldiers - stretched thin across a hostile border of 1,000 kilometers - are being reinforced by Syrian Kurdish fighters as well as locals who have taken up arms. Late on Monday they regained control of the town of Rabiaa, and on Tuesday they were fighting to retake Sinjar and Zummar.

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